Catherine Stuart, co-first author of “RNA degradome analysis reveals DNE1 endoribonuclease is required for the turnover of diverse mRNA substrates in Arabidopsis”
Research Assistant at the University of Texas Health Science Center (full-time) and Baylor College of Medicine (part-time), Houston, TX
B.S. in Biology and Genetics (Texas A&M University); M.S. in Biological Sciences (University of Delaware)
reading, traveling, going to the movies, doing yoga, spending quality time with my husband and cats
I joined the Green lab at the University of Delaware in 2019 after completing my B.S. in Biology and Genetics at Texas A&M University. I have always had a passion for understanding basic biological processes, so I was excited to study post-transcriptional mechanisms of gene regulation in a well-established model organism. In the Green lab, I investigated the roles of cytosolic endoribonucleases in Arabidopsis, eventually narrowing my focus to DNE1 due to its evolutionary conservation and homology to metazoan MARF1. Even though I was only a graduate student for a short amount of time, I gained many valuable skills and formed relationships that will last a lifetime. After defending my Master’s thesis in 2021, I joined the van Hoof lab at the University of Texas Health Science Center. In the van Hoof lab, I use the power of yeast genetics to study mechanisms of RNA decay in S. cerevisiae. In 2022, I started a second job in the Arey lab at Baylor College of Medicine, where we study regulators of learning and memory in C. elegans. I am grateful for the experiences and mentors that have helped get me to where I am today. I am also grateful to work for two amazing institutions that support my development as a scientist. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I do know that my love of learning will always guide me down the right path.